Toxic mattresses claims

Because the average person spends a whopping 26 years of their life sleeping, people will naturally want to make their rest as comfortable as possible. Perhaps the main element in our sleep environment is the mattress, which can be of many types in this day and age. Unfortunately, a lot of the mattresses on the market contain fiberglass as a fire retardant, exposure to which can result in serious injuries. Moreover, if the fiberglass layer is exposed, millions of glass shards will contaminate the home, forcing people to throw away most of their belongings. To make matters worse, other harmful agents can be present inside a mattress, endangering consumers' health. Lately, the mattresses sold by Zinus, Ashley, and Nectar have been in the spotlight concerning fiberglass. Therefore, if you have been using one of these products and the fiberglass in it injured you or contaminated your home, we encourage you to reach out to our law firm, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

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Why exposure to fiberglass from a mattress can be dangerous

Since 2007, all manufacturers of mattresses in the U.S. have been required by law to include a fire retardant in their products. While in the past, they would add dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene, today, most companies that manufacture inexpensive mattresses add fiberglass as a fire retardant, as it is very cheap. Few manufacturers use safe fire retardants in their mattresses, such as wool or natural latex, as these alternatives are on the more expensive side.

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Fiberglass is made of the same glass kitchen glasses and windows are made of, but it is dangerous because it is comprised of sharp, tiny shards of glass that can become embedded in both fabric and skin. Although fiberglass is neither toxic nor carcinogenic, it is extremely irritating, and upon exposure, which can occur via inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion, a person might experience one or more of the following health conditions and symptoms:

The vast majority of problematic mattresses contain fiberglass in their inner layer, and if they have a zipper misleading consumers into thinking it is safe to take to outer cover off, the fiberglass layer will be exposed. Fiberglass particles will come off the mattress with the slightest disturbance, clouding the air and inevitably exposing whoever is in close proximity. The injuries one can experience as a result of fiberglass exposure range from mild to severe. In many cases, the respiratory system is affected, and people will have to use inhalers temporarily or even permanently, whose cost is between $300 and $400 per prescription.

Lastly, the price is one of the telltale signs that a mattress might contain fiberglass. More specifically, if it costs approximately $600 for a queen bed, it most likely has fiberglass as a fire retardant. Furthermore, memory foam mattresses usually contain fiberglass, as memory foam is basically derived from inflammable petroleum products, so it requires strong protection against fire.

Eligibility criteria you have to meet to file a toxic mattress claim

If you own a mattress with fiberglass, regardless of the manufacturer, and experienced injuries or house contamination because of this fire retardant, we advise you to give our legal team a phone call, as you might be eligible to file a claim. By filing a claim, you request the financial compensation you are entitled to from the negligent company. However, you have to meet the following criteria to qualify for taking legal action:

  • you must own a mattress with fiberglass from which fiberglass escaped
  • the fiberglass must have injured you or contaminated your home
  • you must keep the mattress as evidence in a place where it can no longer harm you
  • the statute of limitations must still be effective

The statute of limitations ranges between 1 and 6 years in our country, so you should contact our law firm right as you realize fiberglass is the culprit behind your injuries or house contamination so as not to lose your right to compensation. Preparing a product liability claim is a complex and lengthy process, and our attorneys need to take their time to properly file your claim. This will ensure you will receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Other toxic agents that might be lurking in your memory foam mattress

Since not all mattresses are created equal, some can negatively impact your health due to chemical off-gassing, which refers to the release of a gas that was dissolved, trapped, frozen, or absorbed in a material. Perhaps one of the greatest concerns when it comes to mattresses besides fiberglass is chemical off-gassing. While this issue cannot occur with organic latex mattresses, it can happen with memory foam mattresses or those made of polyurethane foam or other synthetic materials.

Although toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene are used less and less in mattresses as flame retardants, they might still lurk in some cheap mattresses. Exposure to these chemicals has a strong link to cancer, infertility, and neurodevelopmental disorders. If your mattress is off-gassing harmful chemicals, it means that you are breathing in toxins for at least 7 hours every night. Because we sleep for a third of our lives, it is paramount that we opt for a mattress that is beneficial to our health instead of poisoning us in our sleep.

The following are some of the most hazardous chemicals that can be found in mattresses as fire retardants:

  • formaldehyde
  • benzene
  • antimony
  • boric acid
  • halogenated flame retardants
  • naphthalene
  • volatile organic compounds
  • acetaldehyde
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • decabromodiphenyl oxide
  • melamine
  • vinylidene chloride

Because your mattress can contain both fiberglass and one or more of the above chemicals, it is best to switch to a more expensive one with natural and safe materials as flame retardants. Although you might have to save money for a while to afford a high-quality, non-toxic mattress, this will truly be one of the greatest investments you will make. It is estimated that up to 90% of Americans have flame retardant chemicals in their body, whose source is the very mattresses they sleep on. Consequently, choosing a mattress with natural latex, rayon, or wool as a fire retardant is a wise idea.

A timeline of events and lawsuits concerning mattresses with fiberglass

People who experience fiberglass contamination have to pay for the cost of the cleanup themselves

In addition to the serious injuries fiberglass exposure might cause upon removing the cover of a problematic mattress, there is home contamination, which can result in the loss of all the belongings of a family. When it becomes airborne, fiberglass will cause property damage, which can take a heavy toll on the budget of the family to solve, especially if the members have also experienced injuries related to fiberglass exposure. The cost of both the treatment for the injuries caused by fiberglass and the professional fiberglass cleanup can be very high.

Furthermore, in a lot of cases, not even professional cleanup teams can remove fiberglass from certain items, especially furniture covered in fabric, drapes, couches, plush toys, and carpets, so the family will have to dispose of these objects. This will further impact their financial situation. Lastly, while fiberglass is being removed from their homes, the owners of problematic mattresses will have to spend a few days in a hotel room if they do not have the option to move in with a family member, a relative, or a friend.

Zinus, Ashley, and Nectar will likely say to consumers affected by fiberglass that they no longer have a warranty because they removed the outer cover of the mattress. This way, the manufacturer steers clear of any responsibility regarding the issue of fiberglass. As a consequence, people whose homes became contaminated with fiberglass or whose health was affected by exposure to it will not receive any financial help from these manufacturers.

Nevertheless, each case is unique, so it might be possible for the company to offer you a replacement mattress or money if fiberglass took a toll on your life. However, your best bet is to file a toxic mattress claim, which will result in significantly more money than a refund. The compensation you will receive from the manufacturer with the help of a lawyer will be able to cover nearly all the damage caused by fiberglass in your life.

Our attorneys will provide you with superior legal assistance if you want to file a toxic mattress claim

For over two decades, our lawyers and legal team have been offering quality legal assistance to people injured by toxic agents or defective products. If your health was affected by the fiberglass in a Zinus, Nectar, or Ashley mattress or it contaminated your home to a great extent, we encourage you to reach out to our law firm, as we specialize in this type of case. After calling us, all you have to do is describe your situations thoroughly, answer our questions, and send us proof of your injury or home contamination and evidence that you own a problematic mattress.

Our attorneys will carefully assess your situation to determine whether you qualify for filing a toxic mattress claim. If you meet the criteria, they will begin preparing it for submission as soon as possible, as this entails a complex and lengthy process that must be carried out properly. Until resolution, you can carry on as usual, as we will take care of the most difficult work on your behalf. Eventually, we will present you with the largest sum of money available for your suffering and inconvenience from the liable company.